W21.05 - Struck by basketball

Version 2023
ICD-10:W21.05
Short Description:Struck by basketball
Long Description:Struck by basketball
Status: Not Valid for Submission
Version:ICD-10-CM 2023
Code Classification:
  • External causes of morbidity and mortality (V01–Y98)
    • Exposure to inanimate mechanical forces (W20-W49)
      • Striking against or struck by sports equipment (W21)

W21.05 is a non-specific and non-billable ICD-10 code code, consider using a code with a higher level of specificity for a diagnosis of struck by basketball. The code is not specific and is NOT valid for the year 2023 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions. Category or Header define the heading of a category of codes that may be further subdivided by the use of 4th, 5th, 6th or 7th characters.

Specific Coding for Struck by basketball

Non-specific codes like W21.05 require more digits to indicate the appropriate level of specificity. Consider using any of the following ICD-10 codes with a higher level of specificity when coding for struck by basketball:

  • BILLABLE CODE - Use W21.05XA for initial encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use W21.05XD for subsequent encounter
  • BILLABLE CODE - Use W21.05XS for sequela

Index of External Cause of Injuries

References found for this diagnosis code in the External Cause of Injuries Index:

Patient Education


Sports Injuries

Exercising is good for you, but sometimes you can injure yourself when you play sports or exercise. Accidents, poor training practices, or improper gear can cause them. Some people get hurt because they are not in shape. Not warming up or stretching enough can also lead to injuries.

The most common sports injuries are:

If you get hurt, stop playing. Continuing to play or exercise can cause more harm. Treatment often begins with the RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) method to relieve pain, reduce swelling, and speed healing. Other possible treatments include pain relievers, keeping the injured area from moving, rehabilitation, and sometimes surgery.

NIH: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases


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Sports Safety

Playing sports can be fun, but it can also be dangerous if you are not careful. You can help prevent injuries by:

If you have already hurt yourself playing a sport, make sure you recover completely before you start up again. If possible, protect the injured part of your body with padding, a brace, or special equipment. When you do start playing again, start slowly.


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Code History